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Olivia Grout

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Attack of the giant...Gromits?

Attack of the giant...Gromits?

Taking a break from his cheese-fuelled escapades, Aardman’s principal pooch Gromit is on sabbatical for a while and is scampering off to help a good cause out.

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DIY 007

DIY 007

Want to build your own Bond car? Today may be your lucky day. The Aston Martin DB5 used in Skyfall seems like a pretty expensive car to blow up a good couple of times, which is why it isn’t a DB5 that you see blown to smithereens.

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Musical Breakdown

Musical Breakdown

Do you remember when The Buggles were the first video on MTV? Me neither. I wasn’t born!

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Digging For Bones with Christian Cardona

Digging For Bones with Christian Cardona

I will happily admit that my taste in what I watch on television has always been teetering on the edge of strange.

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It's The Most Wonderful Time Of The Year...Maybe Not?

It's The Most Wonderful Time Of The Year...Maybe Not?

We are coming up to that time of year, the time of year that fills single people with dread, fills kids with joy and will empty out most people's wallets. Yes we are in the run up to Christmas...in fact you only have 45 days to prepare yourself.

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Winning in Westeros

Winning in Westeros

As you can tell from the numerous blog posts, we here at Escape are pretty big fans of HBO’s Game Of Thrones and I can honestly say that if there were a parade I would be leading it.

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Prometheus Again? No Papermetheus

Prometheus Again? No Papermetheus

Now I know that we seem like Ridley Scott’s biggest fans, with the way that we have been tad over excited with Prometheus but you’ve seen it right? It’s pretty epic! Well hold onto your hats because here is another Prometheus blog… with a twist.

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Game Over... For Now!

Game Over... For Now!

We know it has been a long time coming but we finally managed to get our hands on some insider info into the HBO series Game of Thrones. The second season has been just as intense and enthralling as the first and with the production for the third season renewed just two days after the second series aired, we hope to see a lot more of Westeros soon!

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The President With A Past

The  President With A Past

Now this movie has been cropping up a lot recently. Our friends at Assimilate worked on it with their software SCRATCH, so we thought we should shed a little more light on it.

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Its not easy being the bad guy...

Its not easy being the bad guy...

Where there is light there is always dark, to maintain a little bit of balance in this world. Cartoon villains are something to be celebrated and the Animation World Network (AWN) have done exactly that, compiling two lists of the best villains- The Evil and The Funny. And hey… everyone needs a little light relief in their lives. And we are happy to provide it for you.

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UK Top 40

UK Top 40

To celebrate the opening of Cannes Film Festival 2012 a list has been compiled with the help of top UK film producers, agents and film PR executives. The end result is 40 of the UK’s top film production companies.

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Cracking Job by MPC & mocha Pro

Cracking Job by MPC & mocha Pro

If you’ve been hiding under a rock for the last, let’s say 6 months to a year, then you may be unaware of the new Tim Burton movie, Dark Shadows, released this month.

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Hungry Enough To Take On The Avengers?

Hungry Enough To Take On The Avengers?

You may think we are a little behind the curve with posting our views on the new Avengers Assemble movie. That, my friends, is where you are wrong. We don’t want to be just like everyone else. We want a new angle, something fresh, something different and something utterly delicious. If you are starting to wonder where we are going with this, do not fret! And after exerting all our man power with many hours of scouring we found the perfect piece.

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It's not just Mums that go to Iceland!

It's not just Mums that go to Iceland!

Honestly this is not about the supermarket chain Iceland but did you like what we did there? We do have our moments.
Anyway… in the past 10 or so years Iceland has become a hotspot for movie and TV shoots, and after seeing these photos we aren’t surprised!

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Marmalade sandwich anyone?

Marmalade sandwich anyone?

I am destined to never grow up and quite frankly I refuse to see why I can’t stay immature for my entire life. I loved every single aspect of my childhood but the most memorable things for me were TV shows. Saturday mornings you would find me virtually attached to the TV for cartoon after cartoon. And another thing you should know is that I have a penchant for all things a little kitsch and retro. So if you combine these two elements you will understand why it is not possible for me to contain my excitement, especially after hearing this news.

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Highway to the Danger Zone - ZBrush Webinar

Highway to the Danger Zone - ZBrush Webinar

We had the pleasure of working with the ever so entertaining Paul Gaboury, 3D Application Engineer at Pixologic, for a special webinar to showcase the newly added features in ZBrush 4R3.

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Flying the flag...and carrying the torch.

Flying the flag...and carrying the torch.

As we all know the countdown to the 2012 Olympics is on, in fact it is at 77 days to be precise. The buzz of the Olympics is infectious and seems like a time for us to celebrate all things British, especially when it comes to VFX. So thankfully I found this in little beauty in the VFX news this week, the final version of Studio AKA’s introduction sequence for the BBC and their Olympic Torch Relay Coverage.

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V-Ray 2.0 for 3ds Max 2013

V-Ray 2.0 for 3ds Max 2013

Back in February the lovely Tim Flett posted the news that Chaos Group were soon to be releasing an update for V-Ray 2.0 for 3ds Max 2013…well ladies and gentlemen today is that day. 

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From Greek God to CG God – Ridley Scott’s Prometheus Trailer

From Greek God to CG God – Ridley Scott’s Prometheus Trailer

Film fanatics and CG lovers alike have been waiting for Ridley Scott’s latest movie Prometheus and it is the film that we have spent all year waiting for. Prometheus is due for UK release on June 1st this year and our friends MPC have been working hard on the post-production visual effects. And although we have to wait just a little longer judging from the trailer it will be well worth the wait.
 
Originally written to be the prequel to the infamous Alien franchise, Prometheus follows the crew of a spaceship as it attempts to find the origins of humanity through exploring an advanced alien civilization and from here chaos ensues. 

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Trading Insider Secrets

Trading Insider Secrets

Scott Squires, of Industrial Light & Magic, has a blog called Effects Corner. Scott talks everything VFX, from artistry to wages. If you are looking to read the frank ins and outs of the VFX world then Scott’s blog is the place to go. Scott has 35 years’ experience in the industry and has work on film projects like Van Helsing, Fantastic Four: Rise of the Silver Surfer and Stars Wars: Episode I – Phantom Menace.
His articles are well written and packed full of industry top tips. He talks you through key skills like camera tracking and 3D match-moving as well as providing links to some of the latest visual effects news.

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Stop Motion Lust

Stop Motion Lust

I am part of a generation that has been particularly spoiled by the advances in stop motion animation. I remember watching TV shows like Noddy, Fireman Sam, Pingu and Postman Pat and films like The Nightmare before Christmas, James and the Giant Peach and Chicken Run as a kid and being in complete awe.

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The new season of Game of Thrones

The new season of Game of Thrones

Being relatively new to CG and to Escape Studios I am still astounded by the standard of work that comes from our students. Despite studying Media Production at University, where I majored in Scriptwriting, I never knew the actual amount of effort that goes into creating CGI. It gives me a completely new perspective on everything that I watch in the cinema and at home on TV. 

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3D Printer Creates Patient-Specific Implants

3D Printer Creates Patient-Specific Implants

So our good friends at Boston Limited drew our attention to this amazing technology breakthrough. We are probably a little behind the curve with this one but none the less we thought it worthy of sharing with you all.

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